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New Cars Present Dangers For First Responders
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Posted On: 8/10/2012 8:41AM
SuzyBruisy

Sure, they're safe, but new cars are also a bear to cut into when the need arises. High-strength steel, complex electronics, and pillars and panels stuffed with airbags all conspire to make life more difficult for the first responders who might have to cut you out of your car. And to make matters worse, there hasn't been a lot of dialogue between the industry and the rescuers on the front lines. Still and all, I'd probably rather be in a new car in the event of a bad wreck. Maybe just not a hybrid. See the news video below the jump, and the story at USA Today, via Autoblog.

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Avatar By: 74Furyous
8/10/2012 9:34 AM

Better that they have to work harder and take longer to get you out alive then to easily extract a lifeless corpse.

 
Avatar By: MrAMC1
8/10/2012 2:40 PM

The voltages that these hydrids store are dangerous. Not long ago there was talk of converting all new cars to a 42 volt system to better handle the computer power needed for all the systems on the new cars. I know the hybrids we have at work have bright orange coverings on all the power wires and several stickers that read "Danger, High Voltage."

 
Avatar By: ShaddowEdge
8/11/2012 5:45 PM

I second that I'd rather arrive in hospital in one piece and alive then visit my mate in morgue cold and lifeless.

 
Avatar By: RIP-Pontiac-2009
8/13/2012 6:42 AM

Still rather take the risk than have autonomous cars.

 

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